TOKYO | Ramen Marutama Ryogoku Honten is a Tokyo based ramen chain that’s proven so popular that it’s expanded outside of Japan and across Asia in recent years. The original store, located just around the corner from Ryogoku Kokugikan national Sumo stadium feels anything but a chain store. The small, historic wood framed building is charming and feels very homely – very much like a local’s spot.
What separates Marutama from many other popular ramen spots in town is its broth. Unlike the more common pork based broths like tonkotsu, Marutama’s ramen uses a white, chicken-based broth. The broth is light and delicate, the result of six hours of slow simmering.
The basic marutama ramen comes with curly noodles and tender chashu pork slices. A highly recommended addition is the aosa, a sort of sea lettuce that’s similar to nori, but very much its own thing. Only harvested in estuaries, it’s not a common ingredient, even in Japan. An onsen egg is always a great idea too.
Given its uniqueness, Marutama might not be your best introduction to the dish, but if you’ve enjoyed a few bowls of ramen before and are looking to expand your horizons, it’s a must visit.
Ramen Marutama Ryogoku Honten
Telephone: 07 5201 5690
Mon – Sat: 11:30am to 2:30pm; 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Sun: 11:30am to 3:00pm